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Posted in: China building a hospital to treat virus; expands lockdowns to 25 mil people See in context

I wonder - Is this going to bugger up the Olympics?

I know that is completely irrelevant compared with the loss of health and life; but it must be on the IOC's minds.

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Posted in: Trump sets presidential record for most tweets in a day See in context

*paid

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Posted in: Trump sets presidential record for most tweets in a day See in context

And he's being aid for this?

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Posted in: There are government officials who even say things like, 'Evacuees won't leave if we allowed them luxuries.' There's no way sleeping on cardboard beds can be a luxury. See in context

There are government officials who even say things like, 'Evacuees won't leave if we allowed them luxuries.' 

Selfish, inhumane thinking from people who have never known hardship or been affected by this kind of tragedy and loss.

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Posted in: First woman enters Japan's submarine academy See in context

citing the difficulty of accommodating gender privacy concerns.

Must be a nightmare to ensure that there are toilet cubicles and sleeping areas for women as well as men.

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Posted in: Ousted Grammy CEO files explosive discrimination complaint See in context

If she had been asked to hire her predecessor, Neil Portnow, as a consultant despite allegations that he committed fraud at his previous workplace, would it have been unreasonable of her to complain?

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Posted in: Gov't streamlines celebration for crown prince's ascension See in context

Really? Is that how it'll work? I'm not a fan, I have to say.

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Posted in: Harry, Meghan to quit royal jobs, give up 'highness' titles See in context

Now let's see how the British press and trolls find ways to complain about this.

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Posted in: Ikigai: The Japanese concept of finding purpose in life See in context

One of the words I was introduced to when I first started studying Japanese, years ago. For some reason it always stuck with me - because the concept interested me, and because I didn't have an 'ikigai'.

I do now, I guess, except that according to that Venn diagram, I ought to be getting paid for it, but in fact it costs me. No matter - the rest fits.

It isn't a concept special to Japan of course, and when I read the whole article I hope they mention the French 'raison d'etre'.

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Posted in: Fukuoka man arrested for licking ear of woman he had a crush on See in context

He didn't just lick her ear though, did he, though putting that in the header makes it sounds more comical and attention-grabbing. He had been stalking her, and then assaulted her, and physically restrained her.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife slams Japanese justice See in context

She's 54. Good to know. How old's he? The article doesn't say.

Apart from that, honestly, he was right to run. FTJP.

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Posted in: Queen agrees to let Harry, Meghan move part time to Canada See in context

Jefflee wrote:

I've had the Daily Mail and others on my news feed over the past three years, and I don't remember any such "campaign." [edit] But overall, the coverage was neutral to positive.

Here's some of that neutral to positive coverage. For Princess Kate, that is.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ellievhall/meghan-markle-kate-middleton-double-standards-royal?utm_source=dynamic&utm_campaign=bfsharefacebook&ref=mobile_share&fbclid=IwAR2zLibjCOXO50Xot9na4re5HssjEXD-HinOZKL37MV-DC0NsUK70FUgW98

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Posted in: Queen agrees to let Harry, Meghan move part time to Canada See in context

 I'll stick with most people in the world never heard of her before the wedding announcement.

What's your point? Nobody had heard of Ms Catherine Middleton before she started dating Prince William, and Lady Diana Spencer was a teenage child-carer.

So what does do you think that proves?

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Posted in: Queen, Prince Harry, senior royals set for crisis meeting See in context

Where is the racism in the English press?, some bright spark has asked.

It comes in all forms, as anyone who has experienced it can tell us.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ellievhall/meghan-markle-kate-middleton-double-standards-royal?utm_source=dynamic&utm_campaign=bfsharefacebook&ref=mobile_share&fbclid=IwAR2zLibjCOXO50Xot9na4re5HssjEXD-HinOZKL37MV-DC0NsUK70FUgW98

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Posted in: Queen, Prince Harry, senior royals set for crisis meeting See in context

she would not be Queen, if not for an American Google Wallace Simpson

She most probably would, as Edward VIII was infertile, so the line would have gone to his brother and his brother's children.

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Posted in: Do you think the Carlos Ghosn case would make for an interesting movie or documentary? See in context

It will certainly make for a great documentary, once it's all over and the facts are all in.

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Posted in: No. of 110 calls drops in 2019; 18.4% non-urgent inquiries, NPA says See in context

These calls included requests on how to renew a driver’s license, pleas for officers to scold misbehaving children, drunk callers asking for a ride home in police cars and a request to do something about a cockroach roaming inside the caller’s home. 

While considered a waste of time, the second and third of these can also be considered proactive - the caller's (conscious or subconscious) efforts to prevent something worse happening, like beating their kid, or getting hurt at night...

Benefit of the doubt eh.

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Posted in: Queen, Prince Harry, senior royals set for crisis meeting See in context

Bigyen says:

It's the payback from the Crown to the public, in return for all that privilege. The loathsome UK tabloids notwithstanding, I think Harry's forgotten that word.

You mean apart from his years of active service in the military, starting up Invictus, his work with and for veterans, his work to promote improvement in the fields of HIV awareness, mental health, global education...

Yes indeed. His idea of duty is nothing like yours is it.

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Posted in: Handkerchief resembles hamster sleeping in sawdust See in context

Handkerchiefs or little towels?

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Posted in: Sharp gains for Hollywood actresses in 2019 but barriers persist: study See in context

Way to prove a point, by not bothering to name the actor in the photo. Her name is Brie Larson.

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Posted in: Mother, boyfriend found guilty of forcing 8-year-old daughter to take cold bath See in context

Suspended sentences, so no time served. I bet social services are planning to return the child to her mother. Poor child.

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Posted in: Man accused of killing 19 disabled people disrupts trial See in context

Is he dead, then?

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Posted in: Letters from Japan: 'We’re not getting married?' See in context

My opinion: If your priority is a relationship that is going to lead to lasting commitment, leave him and move on. Don't wait for him to leave you, which he will. Consider it time well-spent, with the emphasis on spent. You won't get any more from him.

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Posted in: Ex-TV reporter appeals against ruling in Japan #MeToo case See in context

@girl_in_tokyo

That sounds about right, yes. GW is saying that women who are attacked should bear some if not most of the responsiblity because they chose to trust the man who attacked them.

I think GW is saying that women should not trust any man. Not the ones they already know, not the ones they will know, and not any man, at all. #Yesallmen, is GW's message. Seems fair enough.

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Posted in: Former Japanese lawmaker Yukiko Miyake found dead in suspected suicide See in context

Poor woman. I feel so sorry for her, whether or not she chose to die, and whatever her reasons if she did so.

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Posted in: Inside the rogue 7-Eleven, a convenience store completely cut off by its company See in context

Poor guy. I hope he can make some money selling off all this extra stock.

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Posted in: Ex-TV reporter appeals against ruling in Japan #MeToo case See in context

There is also a strong possibility that he spiked her drink.

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Posted in: Hollywood stars shine on Globes red carpet See in context

I hope those feathers are faux.

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Posted in: Healthy rice gelato puts dessert back on the menu for vegans See in context

Goodness. Allow me:

TOKYO

The perfect way to end any meal, any experience even, is with an ice cream. This is a tenet most Japanese restaurants firmly believe, choosing ice cream as at least one ̶ ̶o̶f̶ or the only, dessert on the menu.

> Where can you buy it?

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